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Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine….

©1977 Stephen King (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)

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  • Gary George McGinley
  • 10-22-17

My new favorite Stephen King book!

A wonderful, bleak performance of Stephen King's "The Shining", this rendition of the novel is a must read for those who have seen the movie and have been left with questions. This is the best Stephen King novel I have heard so far. 10/10

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  • Tracey
  • 10-11-17

Brilliant

Forgot just how good this book was.

Gripping from start to finish.

Fantastic in everyway.

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  • 08burgess
  • 09-27-17

Good story but not well written!

Overall, i did enjoy this book however there were a few things that kept me from loving it. the story is compelling and you can get drawn in by the mystery of the Overlook.

It can be quite hard to follow at times as the story jumps between scenarios without warning and you are left confused until you realize they have gone back into a memory.

Some bits stretch unnecessarily long re wasps nest and a few others. I felt such detail wasn't important to the overall story and i found my mind wandering off. There was a scene where Jack reads some news paper clippings and the narrators voice trails off, it was quite distracting as i thought my audio was cutting out.

I'm not a fan of Stephen Kings writing style and not keen of his over use of adverbs to describe things. Saying "so and so grabbed said object victoriously" just makes me want to tear my hair out.

I can't fault Campbell Scott's performance, i thought he was fantastic at portraying all the characters. He definitely brought them to life!

I think this book works better visually, as a film or maybe a TV series? a modern remake is in order!

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  • N. Cosh
  • 09-24-17

A great book turned greater😉

Everybody knows either the book or the film but what Campbell Scott brings to this book is sheer genius just listen to the preview. He is not acting like some bad narrators do but something in between reading and acting. The book goes quickly and you are not distracted by his voice, but sucked in to the Overlook Hotel with Danny. I wish Campbell would read more highly recommended

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  • Dallas Winston 9
  • 09-18-17

Nightmares at the overlook hotel.

What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

This was a reread for me. So revisiting a story I loved so much the first time was nice. Plus some genuinely good scares. Kingy at his best.

What did you like best about this story?

A good setting. Lots of tension and suspense. The paranormal aspects work well.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Room 217

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Tried. Got close. But a few breaks.

Any additional comments?

One of kings best works. A gothic masterpiece.

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  • Brian holmes
  • 05-04-17

like the film.... love the book

campbel scott delivers a brilliant performance on a fantastic book.
the story itself is addictive and difficult to stop listening to. its gripping and keeps you wanting more. scott makes this even more so with a fantastic narrative. if you havent read this book.. i recommend you do. even better... get this audable version. brilliant!!!

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  • The Hawkinses
  • 04-26-17

Encroaching fear

I think that whilst the story itself is a fantastic slow burn of terror, the performance here is one of the best I've heard. The soft soothing voice switching to abrasive abuse is uncomfortable and jarring, which adds to the unsettling feeling of the story. One of King's best works, he does use the n word far too much though, like Tarantino I think he gets a 'cheap thrill' from using it in ways he can get away with.

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  • M. C. Wilcock
  • 04-26-17

Good but not his best

What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

Always enjoy King's books and writing style. A good build up to the story and you got to know the characters well.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Of course - no question (read many already)

What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing in my opinion.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Too long - it struggles to keep interest 3/4 of the way through and then finishes rather quickly.

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  • Andrew T.
  • 01-21-17

Way better than the film

Anybody thinking that this would be a slightly more detailed version of the film is very wrong. The story has major differences- King manages to show the slow, creeping breakdown of a once loving father as he is slowly overtaken by the complete and utter evil that surrounds him. Where Kubrick hinted at the idea of the occult, King makes it abundantly clear that in his world, psychic powers, evil spirits and possessions are all too real, and he does so masterfully.

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  • nick
  • 01-19-17

My truth!

I really enjoyed it over all! I definitely didn't struggle to finish it, as the fact that I am reviewing it at 1:54 in the morning indicates. The voice acting was a little on the poor side in places, but read with style and conviction for the far largest part.